The Best of the Best 2003: Domestic White Wines - Rudd Estate 1999 Chardonnay Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Vineyard

Although Rudd Estate is a relative newcomer, the winery’s Rudd Estate 1999 Chardonnay Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Vineyard nevertheless bears a potent pedigree. This single-vineyard Chardonnay is made with fruit sourced from the Bacigalupi Vineyard, which is planted with the same 40-year-old Wente clones used to produce the 1973 Château Montelena Chardonnay that triumphed in the celebrated 1976 Paris tasting. Proprietor Leslie Rudd, owner of Dean & DeLuca, has in short order attained a level of excellence with this wine that many who have plied their trade for decades have not yet managed. The 1999 vintage possesses richness and poise, combining light, fragrant pear with a deep creaminess suggestive of a ripe Camembert.

Rudd Estate, 707.944.8577, www.ruddwines.com, $50

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